Self-proclaimed preacher sentenced for killing W. Ashley woman

Self-proclaimed preacher sentenced for killing W. Ashley woman

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A self-proclaimed preacher who gunned down a 45-year-old woman inside her West Ashley home two years ago was sentenced to 24 years in prison on Tuesday.

The Ninth Circuit Solicitor's Office said 36-year-old Arthur Peterson Jr. was sentenced after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter earlier this year.

Charleston Police Department investigators said Peterson shot and killed Gwendolyn Fields while she was washing dishes at her Taberwood Circle home around 11 a.m. on May 14, 2011.

Family members knew Peterson as a "self-proclaimed preacher" who was a regular visitor at the home.

According to a witness, Peterson pulled the trigger when officers arrived at the house. Peterson was arrested on the spot and charged with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

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